LEAF does not approach regulatory compliance as a "stand alone" concept, rather, we factor compliance aspects into apll phases of work with our clients. Examles of this include our work with clients to develop cost-effective, low intrusion approaches for wood furniture MACT compliance, halogenated solvent MACT compliance, and other projects. In some instances, however, LEAF is brought in to assist a client that has an existing compliance concern, such as for compliance with an existing permit, or to obtain a permit for a facility that has been operating without a required permit. Our long term professional relationship with state and local regulators combined with our industrial experience enables LEAF to provide successful permit problem resolution for our clients, such as illustrated by the project summaries available here (pdf).
MACT Compliance Strategies
The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments mandated the development of Maximum Achievable Control Technology, or MACT regulations. Because these are technology based regulations, they can have significant impact on existing facilities. Most MACT regulations apply only to plants classified as major sources under section 112 of the Clean Air Act, however, several also apply to area sources. LEAF has workd with clients to help the avhieve MACT complaince in cost-effective ways that can have business advantages. Often, a plant can make process or other modifications to reach compliance easily or, in some cases, to reduce emissions bgelow the applicability thresholds. Several representative project summaries where we have worked with clients on MACT compliance are available here (pdf).
Compliance Planning, Pollution Prevention and Operational Improvements
Because of our industrial background and experience, LEAF is able to integrate our evaluations of environmental compliance with operational requirements and other business needs of our clients. When working on an environmental issue for a client, we approach it as a business and operational issue, not as simply finding a solution to only a regulatory requirement. As a result, we often identify operational improvements, cost savings and other benefits to our clients as part of our basic support. Such improvements can lead to reduced compliance workload, such as less frequent monitoring, reduced regulatory requirements, such as reducing emissions below applicability thresholds, tax savings because of specialized tax credits, or reduced waste with attendant cost savings. Several representative examples are described here (pdf).